Update: Woz spoke with Engadget to clear up the newspaper quote. He told Engadget that he was describing the Android's ability to respond to certain voice commands, specifically, "Navigate to Joe's Diner." He says that he then suggested that Apple would most likely catch up through its acquisition of Siri and Poly9. That was the extent of it, Woz says.
He goes on to say that he'd "never" claim that Android was superior to iOS and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." But don't take our word for it, listen to it from Woz himself at Engadget.
And with that, reason and sanity have been restored.
In a recent interview with Dutch-language De Telegraaf newspaper [Google translation] in the Netherlands, Apple co-founder and Geek Hero Steve Wozniak said that he believes Android will eventually win the smartphone race. He also noted that Apple began working a smartphone in 2004.
Woz believes that Android will eventually dominate the smartphone market the way Windows has done with desktops. Why? More features, high quality and greater choice for consumers were the deciding factors for Woz. He went on to clarify that he's not dissing the iPhone. " [The iPhone] Has very few weak points," he said. "There aren't any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading."
In that same article, Woz noted that Apple was working with a well-known (but unnamed) Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004 to create a smartphone that would "amaze the world." The iPhone was released in 2007.
[Hat tips to NieuweMobiel and Engadget]
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system iOS
- Screen size 4.7 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in
- Weight 5.04 oz
- Released 2015-09-25